After we had decided that we would not work for a proprietor that gave ultimatums concerning God, we joyfully packed our bags and loaded up the car. We drove three hours to see family, three hours spent recounting the years we served said company and in thanksgiving.
Seeing our family was also a blessing. Though our family had felt in much of the way we had originally, they were compassionate and supportive. They also looked to God and knew that God was at work in our lives. We all knew that God would use this situation for good; we knew that the days to come would reveal his plan. We knew that we would walk in blessing as we walked in step with the Holy Spirit through this new season.
That isn’t to say that Satan didn’t try to make a clever appearance. He did; he is always lurking in the shadows.
He tried to disrupt our view and remind us of injustice. Several individuals prompted us with the idea of suing said company. They would tell us that we had legal right, that we would win, that the proprietor would lose his job, or that we wouldn’t have to worry about paying for the rest of our college.
Fortunately, my husband and I stood firmly in our beliefs that suing wasn’t an option. Though there are cases of individuals going before prophets and judges in the bible, we didn’t think that suing would be an act of Christ. Suing would have blemished what we were doing, trusting God and giving him all the glory.
We didn’t leave our jobs because of the injustice; we left because we wanted to honor God.
If we would have sued, we would have taken that honor for ourselves.
What good would that have had? Would it have had a lasting impression on the proprietor and those whom worked for him? Would it have had a lasting impression on our family and friends? Would it have made an impression on our future children? Would it have made an impression on you now?
Read what 1 Corinthians 6 says about lawsuits
6 If any of you has a dispute with another, do you dare to take it before the ungodly for judgment instead of before the Lord’s people? 2 Or do you not know that the Lord’s people will judge the world? And if you are to judge the world, are you not competent to judge trivial cases? 3 Do you not know that we will judge angels? How much more the things of this life! 4 Therefore, if you have disputes about such matters, do you ask for a ruling from those whose way of life is scorned in the church? 5 I say this to shame you. Is it possible that there is nobody among you wise enough to judge a dispute between believers? 6 But instead, one brother takes another to court—and this in front of unbelievers!
7 The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? 8 Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters.
Jack Wellman (2013) writes in his article Is it Biblical to Sue Someone:
Paul continues this theme of Christians suing Christians writing, “The very fact that you have lawsuits among you means you have been completely defeated already. Why not rather be wronged? Why not rather be cheated? Instead, you yourselves cheat and do wrong, and you do this to your brothers and sisters” (1 Cor 6:7-8). Paul sees us who sue other Christians as having been “completely defeated already.” He says it is much better to “be wronged” or “rather be cheated” instead of trying to sue each other over something that could be settled between believers or, in the least, be brought before the church (1 Cor 6:4).
Don’t sue someone, Christian nor non-believer, just because you have been wronged, just because you could win, or just because it would make your life easier. Don’t be lovers of money. Don’t pay evil for evil.
Turn your ear. Turn your cheek as Christ had. Fix your eyes on the ways of the Lord. In him you will find your refuge.